MANKATO, Minn. – Austin Vieth scored midway through the overtime period to give Alaska a dramatic, 5-4 overtime victory against No. 2 Minnesota-Mankato in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play on Friday night.
Alaska (8-7-0, 3-6-0 WHCA) improves to 12-1-0 all-time against the Mavericks (11-4-0, 9-2-0 WCHA) and hands the hosts their second conference loss with the victory.
Vieth scored the game-winner after giving Alaska a 4-3 lead in the third period, to increase his goal haul to six on the season. Tyler Morley also added a pair of goals to give him four on the campaign, and Tayler Munson tallied his third in the second period. Davis Jones was imperious in net, as he made 38 saves on 42 shots.
The Nanooks took the lead five minutes into the first game when T. Morley beat Minnesota State's Stephon Williams from Garrick Perry to make the game 1-0. The lead was short lived, however, as Bryce Gervais tied the game less than three minutes later.
The Nanooks took their second lead of the day when Munson converted a chance from Peter Krieger and Kyle Froese two minutes into the second period. This time, the lead lasted longer, but again the Mavericks knotted things up, as Blake Thompson beat Jones to make it 2-2.
After each team scored one in the previous two periods, things heated up as both teams would net a pair in the third. Minnesota State opened the period with a power-play goal just 22 seconds into the frame. Then, Morley and Vieth scored back-to-back goals five minutes and seven minutes into the period, respectively, to give the Nanooks a 4-3 lead. Minnesota State upped the pressure on Jones' net, and scored with 3:20 to play in the period, sending the game to overtime.
Vieth then scored his second game-winning goal of the season, at the 2:59 mark of the overtime period, giving Alaska its third straight WCHA series opening win.
Jones made 16 saves in the first period, 13 in the second and 38 overall (.905 save percentage) earning his fifth win of the season.